Svetlana Alexievich is the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature. Her latest book, Second Hand Time, will be published in English next year. (November 2015)

IN THE REVIEW

The Man Who Flew Like a Bird

Svetlana Alexievich
…He wanted to leave unnoticed, of course. It was evening. Twilight. But several students in the nearby dormitory saw him jump. He opened his window wide, stood up on the sill, and looked down for a long time. Then he turned around, pushed hard, and flew… He flew from the twelfth floor…

A woman was passing by with a little boy. The youngster looked up: “Mama, look, that man is flying like a bird…”